ACF Next Step is more than just a building campaign…
A GROWING CHURCH. ACF now sees 1300 in weekly attendance leading us to add a 3rd Sunday service in January 2019.
GROWING IN GENEROSITY. One of the ACF core values is to “lead the way in generosity”.
GROWING OUR SPACE. The ACF Lead Team believes God is calling us to take a next step by expanding our worship facilities, including the sanctuary and kids’ areas, to make room “for those yet to come”.
GROWING THE MISSION. Next Step enables us long-term to carry out the mission of amplifying the grace of Jesus Christ to the churched, unchurched, and de-churched.
Phase 1 is complete and our kids moved into their new area November 14th! Not only did we renovate and expand classrooms but also added new parking, lighting, electrical, and heating systems to make our facility inviting and safe.
Thank you to all who gave to Phase 1 and purchased equipment via “Fill The House”. Over $23,720 worth of items and cash was received through “Fill The House” last fall! Simply another reason to celebrate the generosity of ACF people.
Currently we are in the Phase 2 giving initiative called Next Step 2018. As of end of March, $865,000 has been raised enabling us to launch Phase 2 construction this May. We are moving offsite for construction and have a target move-back date of July 15. Phase 2 will be a renovation of our current auditorium and lobby with new larger women’s bathrooms and a removable wall to use lobby as overflow during services. The drawings for this phase can viewed here.
This June we plan to roll out plans for the Phase 3 construction targeted for 2020. Phase 3 will be an expansion to our lobby area, upgrade the front parking lot, and provide an inviting new entrance to our building. This is one more step toward completing the master plan for our facility.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Pray: This is not just about money and a building but about people. It’s “for those yet to come”.
Tithe: We are asking everyone to consider tithing as their first step since Next Step is over and above our general operating budget.
Give: Consider making a pledge or initial gift to Next Step. Our goal is to have 100% participation of every household who calls ACF home. No amount is too small or too big! Next Step Commitment Cards can be turned in during a service or dropped off at the office (click here for Commitment Card).
Donations can be made through the following options:
What is the scope of the Next Step building campaign?
Expanding the sanctuary targeting 50% more seating, expanding lobby areas, and revamping the children’s area with attention to upgraded security and safety. Others include site prep, parking, upgrading mechanical systems, etc. Phase 1 construction was completed in November with a new North lobby addition for kids’ entry, expanded classrooms, new parking, and mechanical upgrades. Additional phases will be required for further expansion.
How many people are part of ACF Church?
We currently see 1,300 people come through our doors weekly and recently saw 2,200 on Christmas Eve.
Will church use financing to fund building expansion?
Any financing will be realized through the Alliance Development Fund, the financing arm of Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination, and the holder of our current mortgage. ADF provides funding for church building projects through investments from Alliance family members and friends.
What is the expected cost of future expansion?
Roughly 2/3 of the necessary funding for the Master Plan has been realized with cash donations and denominational financing via Alliance Development Fund. Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 are fully funded meaning construction is funded through 2019. Approximately $1,500,000 in additional funding is required to complete construction beyond 2019.
What do we expect to do this year?
Phase 2 construction commences in May 2019. Due to extensive sheetrock damage from the earthquake, we want to best leverage our funds and therefore, will be renovating our current auditorium and lobby including new larger bathrooms and a removable wall to use as overflow for services.
How will services continue with ongoing construction?
Phase 1 construction was accomplished with manageable disruptions to our services. Phases 2 and beyond may have a greater impact requiring services to be located elsewhere temporarily. In fact, we will be renting Eagle River High School from Easter to end of July 2019 to allow Phase 2 construction.
How long will construction for total expansion last?
The conceptual plan incorporated phasing the construction to take advantage of available funds and limit disturbance of day-to-day operations. Phasing will extend the total construction plan into a multi-year timeline. Phase 2 is expected to be completed this year. Phase 3 construction plans and giving campaign will be rolled out this summer with tentative construction in 2020.
Do we need to add extra services while doing construction?
An additional Sunday morning service was added this January 2019 which puts more pressure on the remainder of our aging facility. Next Step is still needed to ensure facilities are updated and properly maintained.
Are we effectively utilizing our current facility?
Every usable space is being utilized in our current facility for our gatherings and throughout the week. In fact, our Video Production team graciously serves out of a remodeled closet.
How can donations be made?
I can only give a little. Can I still be involved?
Yes! We want every person who calls ACF their church home to be part of the ACF Next Step.
Can I give assets such as property, stock and bonds to fund my commitment? Where can I get my questions answered?
Yes. Please email email@example.com regarding any questions about your pledges.
Can I give to the ACF Next Step instead of Tithing?
For us to take a next step, means we will need to bring in these funds above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings. If you aren’t currently tithing, we would encourage you to make that your first step.
If you have any more questions, our ACF Lead Team would be glad to answer them. Please don’t hesitate to ask. You can submit your questions below.
Current Property Description
ACF Church owns approximately 5.5 acres spread over 9 adjoining lots that encompass 2 buildings (sanctuary and office building) and gravel parking areas. The church has owned the property since Jan 2012. The sanctuary building provides 15,000 square feet of space on 3 levels and is the only structure included in the construction scope. Current sanctuary seating is approximately 360 seats. Weekly attendance is currently over 1100 people.
Goals & Objectives
• Expand sanctuary to add 50% more seating, if feasible
• Expand & redesign lobby area
• Modernize/Revamp children area in basement
• Site plan including master plan for property, parking/landscape/lighting requirements
• Upgrade mechanical systems (necessary for sustainability and expansion)
• Construction in phases to minimize disruption of services and distribute cost loading over longer period
• Meet Municipality and AK State Fire Marshal requirements
• Completed May 2017. Click here for links to conceptual architectural drawings
Phase I Construction completed Nov 2018
• Renovated kids area
• North lobby addition
• Upgrade mechanical systems
• Site prep w/ new parking and lighting
Phase 2 Design Nov 2018 – Apr 2019
• Construction drawings
• Project manager & builder selection
• Permit applications & approval
Phase 2 Construction Apr 2019 – July 2019
• Sanctuary/stage modifications
• Renovate lobby area to include larger women’s restroom
• Installation of removeable wall for overflow
Subsequent Phases May 2020 –
• Scope to be determined, likely expansion to south end of lobby/sanctuary